Spice exports slip 20% amid concern over safety of MDH, Everest products After registering a 51 per cent and 12 per cent year-on-year jump in spice exports in March and April respectively, spice exports slipped by 20.28 per cent in May to $361.17 million. Amid an overall uptick in Indiafs goods exports in May, spice exports slipped 20 per cent year-on-year, official trade data released Friday showed. This comes after Hong Kong and Singapore in April found higher than permissible levels of pesticide ethylene oxide (EtO) in MDH and Everest shipments. After registering a 51 per cent and 12 per cent year-on-year jump in spice exports in March and April respectively, spice exports slipped by 20.28 per cent in May to $361.17 million. On a sequential basis too, spice exports slipped 10 per cent in May compared to $405.62 million exports in April this year. Notably, in 2023-24, Indiafs spice exports totalled $4.25 billion compared to $3.7 billion in 2022-23. Indiafs exports account for a 12 per cent share of the global spice exports. The major spices exported from India include chilli powder, cumin, turmeric and cardamom among others. Hong Kong on April 5 asked its citizens not to consume four products of Indian manufacturers MDH and Everest Food Products citing the presence of pesticide, ethylene oxide (EtO). Later on April 18, Singapore Food Agency (SFA) ordered the recall of Everestfs fish curry masala stating that it had ethylene oxide at a level which is gnot fit for human consumptionh. Also Read | Rajasthan food dept finds pesticides, insecticides in MHD, Everest samples Reuters reported that Rajasthan has started recalling some batches of popular MDH and Everest spices, which were found to be unsafe for consumption. Rajasthan told the federal government in a letter it found a batch of Everestfs cumin powder and a batch each of two MDH spice blends unsafe after tests.